The Vegetable Pizza Battle: America’s #1 Priority

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

Just recently, I published a post about the congressional battle to preserve the interests of the rent-seeking flock, led by Big Agra-Big Foods. The Wall Street Journal has since published an article about the Obama Administration’s resistance to the congressional definition of pizza as a vegetable because this does not fit well with Michele Obama’s wonderful little war on obesity. A quote from the article:

The legislation, attached to a 2012 spending bill approved by Congress and now on its way to the president’s desk, also would stop plans to require more whole grains in school food while cutting sodium and starchy vegetables like potatoes.

“All of this is to stem the tide of the rising obesity epidemic,” said Courtney Rowe, a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. About 17% of children in the U.S. from the ages of two through 19 are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hasn’t the government spent enough time (40+ years) and enough of its pilfered booty (taxpayer dollars) causing obesity with the purpose of stemming it?

Note that the Washington Post has made it clear that Congress did not declare pizza to be a vegetable, and no, this is not a fight over pizza. Rather, it is a “fight about tomato paste.” Surely, knowing that will leave any judicious observer feeling relieved that our government is not wasting its time and and taxpayer money on mundane issues. Does it not become immediately clear that Big Guv is offering up the health and wealth of future generations by bargaining with powerful industries using pizza chips in exchange for guaranteed, subsidized profits? Ezra Klein & Co. think this is a legitimate function of government.

And meanwhile, the USDA goes out and audits the federal prisons schools to determine whether or not the prison school cafeterias follow its guidelines for fat (replacing healthy, necessary real-food fats with chemicals, processed foods, and carbohydrates produced in a lab). Certainly, we know that the last few decades of the government-special interest, low-fat paradigm has been a raging “success.”

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3 Responses to The Vegetable Pizza Battle: America’s #1 Priority

  1. Matt Walton says:

    November 24th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    One in Seven Americans receives food stamps.  One in five in New York City and Washington DC.  42+ million Americans receive food stamps.  Whole industries chase the federal dollar. I wonder to what extent obesity can be tied to AGRA following the massive federal food stamp program?  More dollars for less substance.  Cheaper, sweeter, crunchier, saltier and more profitable.  My thought is that the government is firmly entrenched into the food problem at several levels.  From paying Agra not to grow certain things and subsidizing corn which is in everything, to controlling what prisoners and children eat and defining what constitutes tomato paste.
    I cannot think of a single thing the government does well. Perhaps there are some but they are not coming to mind.
    This topic reminds me of the european ministers banning claims that water quenches thirst.

  2. Curmudgeon Geographer says:

    November 24th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    If pizza’s a vegetable, then can we get every study that placed pizza in the “meat” category revised with the results as newly appropriate? Just sayin’. If they’re gonna play these games, let’s take a FULL accounting of what it’s gonna mean.

  3. Dan says:

    November 28th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    The government is part of the problem and has only made things worse with its unscientific food pyramids/plates. The government should get out of the nutrition and food subsidy business entirely. Bring on Ron Paul!

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